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Research Training Posts

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many academic research training posts are funded by the Government for (a) coronary heart disease, (b) cancer and (c) stroke and stroke-related problems. (144058)

The following academic research training posts are funded by the Department’s research capacity development programme.

Number

Academic Clinical Fellows1

Cancer

75

Coronary Heart Disease

241

Stroke

261

Clinical Lecturers3

Cancer

31

Coronary Heart Disease

20

Stroke

27

Personal Awards4

Cancer

16

Coronary Heart Disease

8

Stroke

5

1 Academic research training posts for junior doctors in training.

2 Some posts may be shared with other specialties.

3 Academic research training posts for junior doctors who have completed a PhD.

4 Academic research training posts for PhDs and post-doctoral awards.

The following academic research training posts are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in partnership with the Department.

Number

Clinical Senior Lectureships

Cancer

5

Coronary Heart Disease

4

Stroke

4

Total number of posts

Cancer

127

Coronary Heart Disease

73

Stroke

97

Other posts are funded through local use of Government funds. Details of these posts are not available.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the United Kingdom Government support medical and clinical research.

The MRC currently supports around 300 fellows and 100 capacity building and industrial collaborative students through its research career award schemes. The number of those currently supported in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular research are shown in the table.

Fellowship type

Cancer

Cardiovascular

Cerebrovascular

Capacity Building Student

1

4

1

Industrial Collaborative Student

1

Clinical Training Fellowship

21

5

4

Special Training Fellowship in HSR

4

6

1

Stem Cell Career Development Fellowship

1

0

1

Career Development Award

3

1

2

Clinician Scientist Fellowship

5

4

3

Senior Non-Clinical Fellowship

1

1

1

Senior Clinical Fellowship

3

1

0

Total

40

22

13

The MRC also supports around 1,000 further students through doctoral training accounts to universities. The information that would be needed to classify those awards by reference to disease areas is not held centrally.